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Chocolate Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,756 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,756
Reviews: 1,855
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 289
Gots: 287 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
12 Ingredients:
Great Western 2-Row, Crystal 135- 165, Chocolate & Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM & RiskTM Malts; Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Rebel Hops, Rolled Oats, Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Free Range Coastal Waters & Pacman Yeast.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of Lukafer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark brown/black with a thin, dark tan head.  Smells like cocoa, roasted malts, slight coffee.  Tastes like a hot chocolate packet, sweet and chocolately with a slight bitter finish.  Mouthfeel is medium, drinkability is kinda low, maybe one 12 oz glass but that's all. Overall a pretty damn good brew.

Lukafer, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of jt31914
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A: 1 finger of head with a dark chocolate color; little to no carbonation rising, head retains well.

S: Chocolate cream smell with a mild char aroma - very pleasant.

T: Char chocolate taste with a bitter yet creamy finish. Cocoa and cream flavor on the palate - this beer also has a unique roasted flavor. The tastes meld well and this is an enjoyable brew.

M: Average mouthfeel, little bit fizzy on the palate but very nice smooth finish.

D: Pretty drinkable, gets better as it warms.

jt31914, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of sdderek
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Cigar City tulip

A: Solid jet black with a perfect head

S: Whoa Cocoa Powder!

T: Heavy roasted malt flavors with serious cocoa powder finish.

M: Thick bodied. Very creamy and smooth as well.

D: The cocoa is so intense in this beer. Reminds me of drinking chocolate milk as a kid.

Overall I'm digging this although I don't think it's the best American Stout I've ever had. I would recommend and I would drink again.

sdderek, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse US Beer SpecTapular.

Pours a deep, almost opaque black brown, jus with hints of lightness at the corners - looks like melted chocolate with blackberry syrup. Head is thick, heavy and big. Delicious. Lacing sublime. Hell yes, this is a beer!

Delicious cocoa nibs on the nose, sweet and dusty and rich. That's it, you have to admit, but god it's good.

Nice huge roasty chiocolate character on the palate too. Not very sweet, but the roasted rich bittersweet character of true dark cocoa-rich chocolate. Even a light resin peeping through. Very good.

Mouthfeel very suitable: creamy and smooth. Not terrible thick, but very good.

A very smooth, drinkable and delectable beer. Thankyou Local Taphouse for bringing it to our shores. It was better on tap here than in bottles in the US.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Ragedman
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, nearly black. The bottle calls it an 'ebony'. For a chocolate stout I find it as dark as it should be.

Smells like chocolate, chocolate, and dark chocolate.

Taste is not quite as chocolate but still there is chocolate. Hops and some malts. 90% chocolate, 9% hops, and the 1% rest. A nice overall pleasing taste, tastes much like Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout.

Solid mouthfeel; perhaps just a tiny bit over carbonated but it must suffice and the mouthfeel is still great.

Nearly to easy to drink. Could easily finish off two bombers in an hour. This is a nice strong brew.

Ragedman, May 26, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An oversight, me never getting around to reviewing this beer. It pours a jet-black color with a big, smooth, and creamy head of foam. Nose is excellent, full of notes of dark, semibitter chocolate, lightly roasted, rich and appetizing... this is how my ideal hot chocolate smells on a cold wintry night. Taste is superbly chocolatey, though bordering on the too-sweet, balanced by moderately low hoppiness and a medium malt roast. Bittersweet finish.

allengarvin, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of armock
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a light brown head that leaves lacing

S - Is of nice roasted malt with lots fudge chocolate scents

T - The roasted malt comes out more in the taste with along with the chocolate goodness

M - This is a creamy smooth beer but the carbonation is a little more than I like in a stout

D - This is a very good beer looks everything about it is very good its very easy to drink it would be a very good dessert beer worth trying sometime

armock, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of tommy78
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark, with minimal head. The head disappeared quickly after pour, which had a caramel colour.

Smell - Quite sweet with the cocoa mixed in.

Taste - The best feature of the beer is the taste. Very smooth, not too hoppy and not too sweet. A nice finish...easily on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Uncomplicated; simple and to the point.

Drinkability - Before I finished this review, I was 2/3 finished with the beer. It went down easy, and I would have 2-3 pints in one sitting if it were the case.

tommy78, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cocoa colored brown with thin white head. Aroma dominated by chcolate malts roasted coffee and tostie rolls. Flavor once again dominated by chocolate and chocolate malts. Nice roasted character and hops provide a tasty bitter dry finish. Very Good!

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of beergeek279
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 22 oz. bomber. The color is black, with a foamy tan head. The smell is like powdered cocoa. The taste starts with the sweet chocolate taste, and then the malt takes over, and the aftertaste is a bitter chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.

An interesting chocolate offering from Rogue, especially for those who appreciate a more dry chocolate taste. This is something I'd likely have again. Smells simply fantastic!

beergeek279, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark SOLID black. Has a big foamy brown head. What do I smell?? Milk Chocolate, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate...Yeah Chocolate. OK if you don't taste chocolate drinking this beer then go see a doctor imediately. Again all the different characters of chocolate are folwing thru this beer, milk dark, bittersweet. All finishing in a nice roasted malt bitterness.
Note: if you don't like the smell or taste of chocolate you most likely not enjoy this great brew.

ybnorml, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of woemad
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ass 650ml bottle from either Huckleberry's in Spokane for $4.99

Poured what appears to be pretty much midnight black, with a moderate, mocha colored head. Mocha colored lace drips dowh the glass.

Smell is very chocolaty, as one might expect. More chocolaty than the Young's Double Chocolate Stout I had the other night at The Viking. It almost seems too sweet.

Fortunately, in the taste the hops come through to keep the beer firmly grounded and not floating off into cloying land. The cohcolate comes in first, and is rather rich tasting. The hops enter the proceedings partly through, and provide a balancing dry note at the swallow. It keeps this beer in the realm of dessert beer without being too sweet. This would be great after a nice meal.

This is a relatively thick stout, somewhat viscous in the mouthfeel. I have no problem with that, but someone used to watery beers would probably be overcome.

This is an outstanding dessert beer. I feel like I should have a nice cigar around, though my bronchitis keeps that from being an option (haven't had a cigar in 4 months - no longer smoke anything else at all, yet I get bronchitis from f-ing allgergies. Doh!). This is way too sweet to have several pints, but as a one bottle per session beer, it's quite nice. This will have to serve as my New Beer Sunday beer, as I'm off to Wenatchee for several days and, coincidentally, don't anticipate anything new (or, frankly, good) for several days.

woemad, May 26, 2005
Photo of LucaBrasi
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High Quality. The appearance is a solid brown which lets no light though. This beer pours with a nice brownish tan head, which laces the glass. The smell is of chocolate and the taste of course is of...chocolate. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with a nice chocolate taste, which turns with a slight bitterness. A drinkable beer. But because of the richness I couldn’t drink too many. Like I first stated, high quality.

LucaBrasi, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of dmamiano
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a bomber of this split with a friend.
Poured a nice, dark brown with a big head of tan foam and laced abundantly.
Smell and taste were both in a word, awesome. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate dominates both the nose and the palate.
Only complaint with this beer is it wasnt as thick in the mouth as I would have liked, but otherwise, great

dmamiano, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Roguester
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells faintly of chocolate, and pours a very dark brown with milky brownish head. Initial taste is a bit harsh, complex combination of quite bitter chocolate and hops. Following the beer is a great mouthfeel, something like chocolate cake. Perfect drink for after dinner with a desert, or as a desert.

Roguester, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of rangerred
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrived with a one finger dark tan head. Clear dark brown.

Smells of cocoa and maybe a touch of roasted malt. The cocoa really dominates.

The taste is also dominated by chocolate. There is a slight roastiness detectable but it is upstaged by the cocoa. A moderate bitterness comes in at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky.

This is one of the better chocolate stouts I have had. I would definitely get it again.

rangerred, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of SilentSabre
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is everything I was expecting and more. It poured a very dark, rich brown and left a thick, soapy, caramel coloured head that seems to be hanging around for sometime. Laced the edges of the glass nicely. Smells like milk chocolate. I mean, it actually smells like a chocolate Easter bunny. Amazing. Taste is good and chocolatey, as well, but there is almost a spiciness present. Like a nutmeg-cinnamon-clove kind of spiciness. Bizarre. Very much enjoyable, but bizarre, nonetheless. Has a bit of bitterness on the finish, which is a bit dry, as well. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth in the mouth with little or no carbonation sting. This is a fabulous stout. I'm glad I took the time to try it out.

SilentSabre, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of SimplySinister
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Good head, moderate carbonation, and terrific lacing. This is a pretty stout.

S - Chocolate and malt.

T - This beer is aptly named "chocolate stout" for its intense chocolate flavor. The chocolate quite obviously contains a high percentage of pure cacao (bakers chocolate) giving the beer a bitter taste. In some ways, this stout is reminiscent of a more bitter Young's Double Chocolate Stout and a much less sweet version of Mackeson Triple XXX Stout. All in all, it is rather one-dimensional, but it is all it claims to be; which earns extra points in my book.

M - Dry, clean, and light.

D - This stout would definitely take serious points here if and only if Rouge came down on the price quite a bit. This beer is just *way* too expensive at $6 per pint.

I may complain about the price, but this beer is world class.

SimplySinister, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz to tulip glass, pours a deep dark opaque blackish brown, creamy brown head retains nicely then fades

smells of roasty chocolate bitterness, oats, slight hops, nice chocolate scent

taste is roasty bitter hops blending with smooth chocolate malts and chocolate, niiice - reminds me of a lesser version of southern tier's choklat but hopped heavier, nice smoothness from the oats, easy drinking, loads of flavor - excellent!

mouthfeel is bitterly creamy, oat-y smoothness, and very very chocolatey - a great stout from rogue, would love to get 6 packs of this instead of bombers but quality comes at a price, very nice

drxandy, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Daktyls
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark chocolate brown, with a finger and a half of head which is nice and foamy. A very thick foam which is nice and bubbly leaving a fine lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Let me just say, wow. This beer smells amazing. Smells like a very smooth chocolate with milky notes and a faint floral hoppiness. There is also a very slight note of coffee in the aroma.

T: To be honest, I was a little disappointed by the taste after being so delighted by the nose. The tastes are the same as the nose, but seemed to be a slightly watered down version of the aroma. Chocolate-y notes with again a floral hoppiness that is moderately apparent.

M: Feels good on the tongue, not overly smooth, medium to light carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, I will easily finish this bomber and then promptly wish I had another. As other reviewers have noted, this would probably make an excellent beer to combine with some ice cream to make a nice float.

Daktyls, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of uustal
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a brown head. Decent lacing and head retention throughout. Aroma is dominated by the scent of sweet chocolate. Big unsweetened chocolate malt flavor, some roasted notes. Nice touch of hops as well give the beer some balance and a little bitterness. Sweetness intensifies as you get further into the beer. Flavors aren't too intense like some chocolate stouts. Nice drinkability as well.

uustal, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of fountainofyouth
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes earlier this week. I will only post what I can remember with certainty. This was a 22 oz. bottle poured into a Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Dark as Coca-Cola without ice, almost black. Opaque as a wall. Pours a two-finger light brown bubbly head, darker than Guinness.

Smell: A blast of sweet chocolate right off the bat, with darker chocolate and some oats detectable as well. A little bit of hops.

Taste: This is INTENSE; the flavors are very, very dark. Burnt coffee is the lead flavor, with baker's chocolate trailing behind. (It's like an extra-strength Dominion Oak Barrel Stout, if that helps.) The hops finish is very light, which is a relief in light of the bitterness of the malt! The bottle says this thing is 69 IBUs, which I easily believe. It's a "sweet" stout only in that it's got added flavor, but this thing is way more powerful than any Irish Dry I've ever tried.

I do like dark and roasty stouts, but the effect over time from drinking this beer is a mild metallic character. That's the only objective drawback.

Mouthfeel: Unfortunately, I don't recall the level of carbonation, which means it was probably unremarkable. I found the body to be light-to-medium.

Overall: This is a special-occasion beer. And by that I mean it's for when you want something really dark and hearty. (Also, it's not cheap.) But when you're in that mood, this thing will NOT disappoint. A very bold beer.

fountainofyouth, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of ElGuapo
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful black pour with a nice tan head atop this fine stout. you get a great smell of coffee, chocolate, and a little caramel .

the beer is extremely rich and smooth with a wonderful full body and full flavor. dark malts and coffee flavors take over in the taste of this beer. you will get chocolate kicks here and there, but nowhere near what i had expected. i will say that let me down a little bit. the beer was excellent, but i want more chocolate.

ElGuapo, Dec 25, 2002
Photo of bobhits
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I hate explaining the look of a stout. It's deep dark brown/black, opaque, and there's gasp a tan head. Lots of lacing and I'll give you that this looks a bit thicker than expected in a 6% beer.

The nose is that of coco and American hops. An interesting experience with chocolate (not just a burn malt aroma that gives off a dark chocolate like smell) and citrus American hops. I recall seeing chocolate and orange flavored candies in the past and thinking they were pretty awful, but this somehow seems to work. The chocolate aroma starts strong, but swirling the beer in the glass gives way to far stronger hops. There's a bit of a vanilla/buttery like aroma at the finish as well.

Chocolate rushes in to start, hops take over, buttery notes, and the finishing with a bitter chocolate finish. An amazingly amount of flavor and complexity and at 6%...just wow. For a brewer I often think of primarily for absurd prices and below average beers this one is just over priced.

I need more from a beer with this much flavor and complexity. I want a bit more cream, or oil, or something to have the mouth feel match the rest of the beer. That said it's nice to open a bomber I know won't leave me intoxicated.

I really need to find this on tap as I expect it to be rather reasonably priced. That said this is exceptional beer. While I miss the intense power and weight of the double chocolate, but the hop flavors here are just exceptional and really add a lot of the beer.

bobhits, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of ahoverton
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is dark black with a nice brown head.
S: You can immediately smell the chocolate with some roasted malt.
T: It tastes like roasted malt and chocolate. It's not too sweet like some other chocolate beers and not very hoppy.
M: It's not too thick and syrupy like you might expect after pouring it. It has a pleasant medium body and good carbonation.
D: This beer is easy to drink as long as you like chocolate. It's not all that strong either so if you like stouts this is a good one to drink. It would be great with dessert.

ahoverton, Jul 29, 2009
Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,756 ratings.